CBS News spotlighted Biloxi on the beach to a national television audience of more than 2 million people on the Early Show. The national exposure focused on the residents who overcame man-made and natural disasters of Hurricane Katrina.
“This was great not only for Biloxi, but for the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast. It’s the type of coverage that’s great in terms of tourism and all types of development,” said Mayor A.J. Holloway.
The segment featured business people residents, talk of the new $44 million Margaritaville Casino construction site in east Biloxi and a live interview with Governor Haley Barbour, who described Biloxi as “a wonderful world-class destination resort” led by residents who are “strong, tough, resilient and self-reliant people.”
CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann noted that there was something else: “People’s confidence is back, a bit of the old swagger. People here have a sense that, just maybe, they are on a roll again.”
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Everyones favorite, Regis Philbin, who appeared at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, had good things to say about his Biloxi visit when he returned to his nationally syndicated “Live With Regis and Kelly” morning show.
“Regis was fantastic. He started right at the beginning of the program, and he just kept going and going.He said, ‘I just got back from Biloxi, Mississippi, and wow. That place is great. I step out of the plane at the Biloxi airport and the weather, it was 68 degrees.’ He talked about the casinos, the building boom, and he said everybody was so nice. You just can’t buy this type of advertising,” said tourism leader Linda Sekul Hornsby.
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